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Golden Triangle (Southeast Asia)
The Golden Triangle (Burmese: ရွှေတြိဂံ နယ်မြေ, pronounced [ʃwè tɹḭɡàɴ nɛ̀mjè]; Thai: สามเหลี่ยมทองคำ, RTGS: sam liam thong kham, pronounced [sǎːm.lìa̯m tʰɔ̄ːŋ kʰām]; Lao: ສາມຫຼ່ຽມທອງຄຳ; Chinese: 金三角; Vietnamese: Tam giác Vàng; Khmer: តំបន់ត្រីកោណមាស, pronounced [tɑmbɑn trəy kaon mieh]) refers to the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers.[1] The name "Golden Triangle"—coined by the CIA[2]—is commonly used more broadly to refer to an area of approximately 950,000 square kilometres (367,000 sq mi) that overlaps the mountains of three adjacent countries. Along with Afghanistan
Afghanistan
in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia, and of the world, since the 1950s
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State Law And Order Restoration Council
The State Peace and Development Council
State Peace and Development Council
(Burmese: နိုင်ငံတော် အေးချမ်းသာယာရေး နှင့် ဖွံ့ဖြိုးရေး ကောင်စီ [nàɪɴŋàɴdɔ̀ ʔédʑáɴθàjajé n̥ḭɴ pʰʊ̰ɴbjó jé kaʊ̀ɴsì]; abbreviated to SPDC or နအဖ, [na̰ʔa̰pʰa̰]) was the official name of the military government of Burma, which seized power under the rule of Saw Maung in 1988
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Burmese Communist Party
The Communist Party of Burma
Communist Party of Burma
(Burmese: ဗမာပြည်ကွန်မြူနစ်ပါတီ; abbreviated CPB) is the oldest existing political party in Myanmar (also known as Burma)
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Myanmar Oil And Gas Enterprise
Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (Burmese: မြန်မာ့ရေနံနှင့် သဘာဝဓါတ်ငွေ့လုပ်ငန်း; abbreviated MOGE) is a national oil and gas company of Myanmar. It was established in 1963.Contents1 History 2 See also 3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise was established in 1963 after nationalisation of the Burmese petroleum industry. The nationalised assets of Burmah Oil
Burmah Oil
Company were amalgamated to MOGE .[1][2] The company is a sole operator of oil and gas exploration and production, as well as domestic gas transmission through a 1,200 miles (1,900 km) onshore pipeline grid.[1][3] MOGE is a partner in the Yadana natural gas pipeline project, operated by Total S.A., a French energy group
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Myanmar Army
The Myanmar
Myanmar
Army (Burmese: တပ်မတော်(ကြည်း), pronounced [taʔmədɔ̀ tɕí]) is the largest branch of the Armed Forces (Tatmadaw) of Myanmar
Myanmar
(Burma) and has the primary responsibility of conducting land-based military operations
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Total S.A.
Total S.A.
Total S.A.
(French pronunciation: ​[tɔtal]; English: /toʊˈtæl/ or /toʊˈtɑːl/) is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading. Total is also a large scale chemicals manufacturer. Total is a major player in low-carbon energies. Total has its head office in the Tour Total
Tour Total
in La Défense
La Défense
district in Courbevoie, west of Paris
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Unocal
Union Oil Company of California, dba Unocal /ˈjuːnoʊkæl/ is a company that was a major petroleum explorer and marketer in the late 19th century, through the 20th century, and into the early 21st century. It was headquartered in El Segundo, California, United States.[1][2] Unocal was involved in domestic and global energy projects. Unocal was one of the key players in the CentGas consortium, which attempted to build the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline
to run from the Caspian area, through Afghanistan, to the Indian Ocean, at a time after the recent Taliban
Taliban
siege of Kabul in 1996. On August 10, 2005, Unocal merged its entire upstream petroleum business with Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation
and became a wholly owned subsidiary
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Burmese Language
The Burmese language
Burmese language
(Burmese: မြန်မာဘာသာ, MLCTS: mranmabhasa, IPA: [mjəmà bàðà]) is the official language of Myanmar. Although the Constitution of Myanmar
Myanmar
officially recognizes the English name of the language as the Myanmar
Myanmar
language,[4] most English speakers continue to refer to the language as Burmese. In 2007, it was spoken as a first language by 34 million, primarily the Bamar (Burman) people and related ethnic groups, and as a second language by 10 million, particularly ethnic minorities in Myanmar
Myanmar
and neighboring countries. Burmese is a tonal, pitch-register, and syllable-timed language,[5] largely monosyllabic and analytic, with a subject–object–verb word order. It is a member of the Lolo-Burmese grouping of the Sino-Tibetan language family
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Bank Of Credit And Commerce International
The Bank
Bank
of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) was an international bank founded in 1972 by Agha Hasan Abedi, a Pakistani financier.[1] The Bank
Bank
was registered in Luxembourg
Luxembourg
with head offices in Karachi
Karachi
and London. A decade after opening, BCCI had over 400 branches in 78 countries, and assets in excess of US$20 billion, making it the 7th largest private bank in the world.[2][3] BCCI came under the scrutiny of numerous financial regulators and intelligence agencies in the 1980s due to concerns that it was poorly regulated. Subsequent investigations revealed that it was involved in massive money laundering and other financial crimes, and illegally gained the controlling interest in a major American bank
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Poppy (flower)
A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae
Papaveroideae
of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver
Papaver
somniferum, is the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds. Following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders
Flanders
during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.Contents1 Description 2 Uses 3 Symbolism 4 History 5 Medical uses 6 Other uses 7 Gallery 8 See also 9 ReferencesDescription[edit] Poppies are herbaceous annual, biennial or short-lived perennial plants. Some species are monocarpic, dying after flowering
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14K Triad
The 14K (十四K) is a triad group based in Hong Kong
Hong Kong
but active internationally. It is the second largest Triad group in the world with around 25,000 members split into thirty subgroups. They are the main rival of the Sun Yee On, which is the largest Triad.[6]Contents1 Criminal focus 2 History 3 Notable members 4 See also 5 ReferencesCriminal focus[edit] The 14K is responsible for large-scale drug trafficking around the world, most of it heroin and opium from China or Southeast Asia
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Donkey
The donkey or ass (Equus africanus asinus)[1][2] is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries. A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny or jennet;[3][4][5] a young donkey is a foal.[5] Jack donkeys are often used to mate with female horses to produce mules; the biological "reciprocal" of a mule, from a stallion and jenny as its parents instead, is called a hinny. Asses were first domesticated around 3000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia,[6][7] and have spread around the world
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Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok
(UK: /bæŋˈkɒk/,[6][7] US: /ˈbæŋkɒk/[7][8]) is the capital and most populous city of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon (กรุงเทพมหานคร, pronounced [krūŋ tʰêːp mahǎː nákʰɔ̄ːn] ( listen)) or simply Krung Thep ( listen (help·info)). The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country's population
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Thai Chinese
9,349,900 (est) 14 percent of the Thai population (2012)[1] up to 26,000,000 Thais of at least partial Chinese descent (around 40 percent of the Thai population) (2012)[2]Regions with significant populations Thailand Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai, SongkhlaLanguagesThai, Southern Thai historically Southern Min
Southern Min
(Teochew and Hokkien), Hainanese, Hakka and CantoneseReligionPredominantly
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Burmese Chinese
Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam
Islam
among Panthay
Panthay
HuiRelated ethnic groupsKokang, Panthay
Panthay
and other Overseas Chinese
Overseas Chinese
communitiesChinese people in MyanmarTraditional Chinese 緬甸華人Simplified Chinese 缅甸华人TranscriptionsStandard MandarinHanyu Pinyin Miǎndiàn HuárénYue: CantoneseYale Romanization Míhndihn WàyànAlternative Chinese nameTraditional Chinese 緬甸華僑Simplified Chinese 缅甸华侨TranscriptionsStandard MandarinHanyu Pinyin Miǎndiàn HuáqiáoYue: CantoneseYale Romanization Míhndihn WàkìuThe Chinese people in Burma, Burmese Chinese, Tayoke or Sino-Burmese (Burmese: မြန်မာတရုတ်လူမျိုး) are a group of overseas Chinese born or raised in Burma
Burma
(Myanmar)
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Mule (smuggling)
A mule or courier is someone who personally smuggles contraband across a border (as opposed to sending by mail, etc.) for a smuggling organization. The organizers employ mules to reduce the risk of getting caught themselves. Methods of smuggling include hiding the goods in vehicles or carried items, attaching them to one's body, or using the body as a container. In the case of transporting illegal drugs, the term drug mule applies. Other slang terms include Kinder Surprise
Kinder Surprise
and Easter Egg
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